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First STEP-Next STEP Export Assistance Program 2017-2018

West Virginia was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to receive $200,000 from the agency’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to support the third edition of the West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP.

The West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP provides funding to West Virginia small businesses looking to enter (first step) or expand (next step) in the global marketplace. Benefits from exporting include faster sales growth, job creation, continuous innovation and risk mitigation against economic downturns.

Any small business in West Virginia, regardless of their level of export development experience, is invited to learn more about the West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP Program. A variety of activities and resources are available to help small businesses successfully market their products according to their own export expansion objectives.

The West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP program is available from October 1, 2017, through September 29, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Enybe Diaz, (304) 957-2018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP Programs

Dear West Virginia small business, we’re so glad you are here. There are three different funding programs available to you under this Grant. You are welcome to receive funding three times during the current funding period which starts October 1, 2017, through September 29, 2018. Applications must be approved prior to commencement of the proposed export activity and expenses must be incurred during the funding period to be eligible for reimbursement. We invite you to explore your options below and look forward to working with you.


Program 1
Export Promotion Program

Consider this program if your proposed project consists of foreign travel, translations, website development, participation in trade events, etc.


Program 2 - No Longer Accepting New Applications
International Trade Exhibition Program 

Due to the overwhelming response for this program, we have exceeded the number of applications permitted for this grant year. We invite you to submit an application for Program 1: Export Promotion Program for your activity. Consider this program if your proposed project is a trade show where your estimated booth related expenses are $5,000 or more. This program mainly supports trade shows in other countries, but trade shows in the U.S. may qualify if they have a strong international attendance.


Program 3
West Virginia Trade Show Pavilions

Consider this program if you sell to any of the following sectors: oil & gas/petrochemical, architects & construction designers, mining. West Virginia Trade Show Pavilions are beautifully designed to fit a few businesses in the same booth. You provide us with your company logo and graphics and our team of talented designers does the rest.

  1. China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition (CIPPE)- March 27-29, 2018, in Beijing, China
  2. MiningWorld Moscow- April 17-19, 2018, in Moscow, Russia
  3. American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference- June 21-23, 2018, in New York City, USA
  4. International Mining and Machinery Exhibition (IMME)- October 31- November 3, 2018, in Kolkata, India - To be confirmed as STEP event based on future availability of funds

The maximum award per funding period is $10,000 per STEP client limited to three export projects, whichever comes first. For STEP clients participating in the International Trade Exhibition Reimbursement program and/or The WV Trade Show Pavilions the maximum award is $15,000 limited to three export projects, whichever comes first.


Funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration